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How To Get Rid Of Chafing Rash Overnight + Prevention Tips

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How To Get Rid Of Chafing Rash Overnight + Prevention Tips June 26, 2018

Whether it was due to getting drenched in the rain or simply sweating it out in a pair of tight shorts, chafing has caught us unawares many a time. Chafing refers to the skin rashes that develop on your skin as a result of friction. Want to know more about this condition and natural remedies to treat it? Continue reading.

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What Is Chafing?

Chafing is a very common skin problem. You must have observed that prolonged scratching of your skin due to an irritating fiber, friction, or moisture causes your skin to burn and sting. This results in skin rashes, which are referred to as chafing.

Excessive scratching of your skin may result in the following signs and symptoms.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Chafing

Chafing is often characterized by the onset of skin rashes. These rashes can be:

  • Itchy
  • Red and inflamed
  • Burning or stinging

More severe cases of chafing may cause your skin to:

  • Swell
  • Crust
  • Bleed

Chafing rashes have more to do with rubbing your body parts against each other or against your clothing. And that takes us to the factors that cause the rashes.

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Causes And Risk Factors For Chafing

Chafing mostly occurs when:

  • Your skin rubs against itself, especially when wet.
  • The fiber of your clothing is irritating.
  • Your skin rubs against cloth.
  • Your skin or clothing is wet.

Some factors can increase the risk of chafing. They are:

  • Participation in endurance sports like biking and running.
  • Athletics
  • Obesity
  • Breastfeeding
  • Wearing soiled diapers for too long – This is true especially in the case of infants and older adults who use diapers.
  • Wearing a skirt – Without pants or leggings to protect your legs, your thighs may rub against each other and develop chafing rashes.
  • Wearing ill-fitting clothes – When a loose piece of clothing rubs against your skin, it can cause rashes.

All said and done, we need to know how to treat (and prevent) chafing rashes. Let’s see how.

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Home Remedies To Heal Chafed Skin Overnight

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Essential Oils
  4. Vaseline
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Epsom Salt Bath
  7. Oatmeal Bath
  8. Turmeric
  9. Indian Lilac
  10. Cold Compress
  11. Cornstarch
  12. Baking Soda
  13. Vinegar
  14. Vitamins

1. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Take an aloe vera leaf and extract a tablespoon of gel from it.
  2. Apply the gel evenly to the chafed skin and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Wash with water.
Why This Works

Aloe vera speeds up the healing of skin wounds, which explains its efficiency in treating chafing. The anti-inflammatory property of aloe aids the healing (1).

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2. Olive Oil

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some virgin olive oil in your palms.
  2. Gently massage it into the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.
  4. You can also apply olive oil to the affected area at night, before going to sleep.
Why This Works

Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant that speeds up the healing of the affected area with its protective and healing properties (2), (3).

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3. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 6 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix six drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Apply this concoction to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on until it dries on its own.
  4. Reapply as required.
Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil treat chafing rashes and prevent any possible infections (4).

b. Calendula Oil

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You Will Need
  • 7 drops of calendula oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or any other carrier oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add seven drops of calendula oil to a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected skin.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
  4. You can also allow it to evaporate naturally.
  5. Repeat this multiple times in a day.
Why This Works

Calendula oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can accelerate wound healing (5).

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4. Vaseline

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You Will Need

Vaseline or petroleum jelly (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little Vaseline and apply it to the affected area.
  2. Reapply as necessary.
Why This Works

Vaseline keeps your skin well moisturized. It also forms a protective layer on the skin and prevents further infection in the affected area (6), (7).

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5. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a little coconut oil in your palms and spread it all over the affected skin.
  2. Allow the oil to dry on its own.
  3. Reapply the oil as and when required.
Why This Works

The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil keep your skin lubricated and relieve inflammation and swelling (8), (9).

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6. Epsom Salt Bath

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a cup of Epsom salt to a tub of water.
  2. Mix well and soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Pat your skin dry.
  4. You can also soak in an Epsom salt bath before you go to bed.
Why This Works

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which reduces inflammation and treats the symptoms of chafing (10).

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7. Oatmeal Bath

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 cups of oatmeal
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add one to two cups of oatmeal to a tub filled with water.
  2. Soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes and pat your skin dry.
  3. You can also replace your loofah with some oatmeal wrapped in a muslin cloth.
  4. Do this 2 to 3 times.
Why This Works

The excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-itch action of oatmeal work wonders in healing chafing (11), (12).

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8. Turmeric

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • Water (as required)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with enough water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste all over the chafed area.
  3. Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. Repeat this several times during the day.
Why This Works

The curcumin in turmeric can help in treating chafed skin with its anti-inflammatory properties (13).

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9. Indian Lilac (Neem)

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You Will Need
  • A handful of neem leaves
  • Water (as required)
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a handful of neem leaves and wash them thoroughly.
  2. Grind them with water.
  3. Apply the neem blend to the affected skin.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.
  5. Repeat as and when necessary or until you notice an improvement.
Why This Works

The methanolic compounds in neem help fight the inflammation, itchiness, and swelling associated with chafing (14).

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10. Cold Compress

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You Will Need

A cold compress

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a cold compress or some ice wrapped in a clean cloth and apply it directly to the chafed skin.
  2. Hold the compress on your skin for about 2 to 3 minutes and remove.
  3. Repeat thrice.
  4. You can apply the ice compress at regular intervals for faster recovery.
Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory action of cold compresses offers relief from the itching and inflammation in the affected area (15).

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11. Cornstarch

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You Will Need

Cornstarch (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Sprinkle a little cornstarch on the moist and affected areas of your skin.
  2. You can also apply a layer of Vaseline over this.
  3. Repeat as necessary.
Why This Works

Cornstarch helps in keeping your skin dry and sweat-free. This remedy is especially effective when the chafing is a result of too much sweat or moisture (16).

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12. Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • Water (as required)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply it to the chafing rash.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off.
  4. Do this multiple times.
Why This Works

Two properties of baking soda play a role in the treatment of a chafing rash. Firstly, the alkaline nature of baking soda restores the pH of your skin and accelerates healing. And secondly, baking soda is a natural antiseptic that can prevent further infections (17), (18).

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13. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and add it to a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and soak a cotton pad in it.
  3. Apply the mixture to the affected skin.
  4. Allow the apple cider vinegar to dry on its own.
  5. Repeat at regular intervals.
Why This Works

ACV has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar, which can work wonders in treating your chafed skin and its symptoms (19), (20). These properties can be credited to the presence of acetic acid in ACV.

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14. Vitamins

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Individuals suffering from chafed skin must include a diet rich in vitamins A and C. These vitamins work as antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for your overall health, including chafed skin (21), (22). Also, vitamin C is known to boost your immunity and can thus protect your skin from further infections (23).

You must consume foods like spinach, kale, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and guava to get the required amounts of vitamins A and C naturally. You can also take additional supplements if required, after consulting with your doctor.

You can also follow the below-mentioned tips to prevent recurrence of this condition.

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Prevention Tips

  • Follow a healthy diet rich in all the essential nutrients.
  • Use a deodorant to avoid sweating too much.
  • Use a good moisturizer on the chafing-prone areas of your skin.
  • Wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe, especially while exercising.
  • Wear well fitting clothes to avoid friction with your skin.
  • Do not stay in wet clothes for too long.

These are a few quick and useful tips that can help you steer clear of chafing.

Chafing is a condition that can be easily managed, and with the help of the remedies discussed here, it will not be bothering you for long. Do you have more doubts regarding chafing? Why not ask us in the comment box below?

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does chafing last?

Chafing usually lasts only for a few days, depending on how fast you fix or get rid of the irritant causing it.

Can you get boils from chafing?

Yes, boils can surface on the areas of your skin exposed to repetitive chafing.

Does baby powder relieve chafing?

Baby powder absorbs the unwanted moisture and sweat from your skin. This keeps your skin dry and soothes the irritation caused by chafing.

Which body parts are commonly affected by chafing?

Chafing is most likely to occur on your body parts that either rub against each other or against your clothing, such as your inner thighs, buttocks, nipples, groin, feet, and armpits.

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